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Deborah Terresa Miller-Pfahler
August 12, 1952 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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On Sunday, January 7, 2024, Deborah Terresa Miller-Pfahler of Gahanna, Ohio was called home, to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She has been reunited with friends and family that have preceded her.
(Mother) Geneva Miller, (Father and Stepmother) Orie and Norma Miller, (Brother) Kenneth “Joseph” Miller, (Fur Babies) Abigail and Becka, and her beloved (Husband) Dr. Larry L. Pfahler—who I’m sure is ready to help her tackle the DIY List, she has been working on since walking through those “For Now” Pearly Gates. (Teal is more her color.)
Deborah was Born on 8-12-1952 in San Pedro (LA) California, amid the aftershocks of the 7.3 magnitude Earthquake, that rocked Southern California just weeks before. Growing up in a USAF military home, Deb traveled to many locations across the globe including Germany. Eventually, her family returned to the U.S. settling in Fort Worth, Texas, where one day she stood with her mother waving to JFK as he passed by in his motorcade. When her father retired from the Air Force, the Millers moved to Dayton, Ohio, where she attended junior high and high school. Quickly finding her passion for cheerleading, drill team, track and field, bowling, and still managed time to play the clarinet.
After graduating HS in 1977, Deborah attended Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and went on to study leadership and communication. Furthering her education in sales training at the Dale Carnegie Institute in 1982. Deborah devoted her entire 12-year career to building successful insurance agency management and sales teams. During which time, she became the office manager for State Farm’s most successful agency in their history, Cosmo Conte. While in this role, she was asked to sit on the board for the Cleveland Browns, led by Art Modell, with the purpose to promote greater pride in the struggling Browns and increase ticket sales.
In 1996, Deborah left corporate America, to become a co-founder of MarTech, Inc. and in 2008, she launched Relational SalesPro, LLC to become the architect of a highly intuitive, auto-processing software unlike anything known in the industry.
While Deborah’s relentless work ethic and determination brought her much success and accolades professionally. She found joyful pride and happiness in giving back to her friends, family members and the people she met in her day-to-day life. Whether it was opening her home to provide shelter, a warm meal, a comforting hug, a tentative ear, a shoulder to cry on, or words of wisdom and encouragement. Regardless of how long you have known her. Her open heart allowed her to never meet a stranger.
2012 would bring about the biggest change in Deborahs life, when she married Dr. Larry Pfahler—a Christian Psychiatrist from Worthington. After “semi” retiring, (just between remodels and spontaneous DIY projects) Deborah and Larry found a joint calling and passion in praying for and with individuals, to overcome challenges in their lives. While also introducing people to Jesus and encouraging them to invite Him to be their Lord and Savior. Deborah love for learning lead her to attend multiple Christian Conferences while serving the Lords Ministry. She got to travel to Israel multiple times and getting to share that experience with her best friend Maggie McDonald was the highlight of her trip.
Deborah is survived by: (Brother) David Miller; (Nieces) Lauren Miller, Lindsay Miller-Madril, Klorissa Ann (Annie) Miller; (Nephew) Jesse Miller; (Great Nephews) Teddy Miller and Quentin Miller; “Fur Son” Golden (I’m still a lapdog @ 95lbs.) Retriever: Bligh Miller.
Deborah’s family will receive friends on: Friday, January 12 from 10:30-12:00 p.m. at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, Ohio with her service to follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Beau Stanley officiating.